Whittlesea Salvos calls on locals to dig deep

Whittlesea Salvos captain Susan Lamotte calls on locals to support the Red Shield Appeal. (Damjan Janevski). 280522_01

The Salvation Army in Whittlesea is calling on locals to help out at this year’s Red Shield Appeal.

The appeal, now in its 56th year, raises money to support services in the community.

After the hardships people faced during the COVID-19 pandemic the last few years, the Salvos are highlighting family and domestic violence this May.

Traditionally, the appeal involved door knocking and roadside collections but due to safety concerns and the effects of the pandemic, their methods have changed.

To keep up with the changing times, the Salvos are accepting online donations and will still be collecting at local shopping centres and stores.

Whittlesea City Salvos volunteer Darren Lamotte said the demand for help was greater than it has ever been.

“The last two years have been really tough on our services, we didn’t have the opportunity to get out in the community and do fundraising. It really has become a double edged sword in a lot of ways,” Mr Lamotte said.

Whittlesea City Salvos captain Susan Lamotte said: “We’re so grateful to the local community who have always rallied together and supported the Red Shield Appeal year on year.

“This year is no different – we need the help of community members more than ever as we continue to support those who have felt the devastating impacts of the past couple years.

“We cannot do what we do without you. If you have the means, please consider becoming a volunteer or donating to the Red Shield Appeal this year. Your generosity and support will help us to leave no one in need.”